The UK is Europe’s leading investment destination for companies relocating and developing their global business. Benefiting from one of the most flexible labour markets in Europe, second only to Denmark and having the highest GDP growth rates this year amongst G7 countries, it has a booming and enviable economy. We are one of the most productive and innovative nations internationally, ranking second only to the USA for the quality of our research base and boasting one of the strongest ICT infrastructures in the world (the most extensive of all G7 countries).
Open for Business: The UK’s open and internationally focused economy is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world. We are also a magnet for foreign investment - In 2006 alone the UK attracted and retained over one trillion US dollars of investment: the highest in Europe and the second largest in the world. The UK also leads the way for ease of doing business, with The World Bank’s research advising that within just 13 days, a business can be set up within the UK, compared to the European average of 32 days. It ranks the UK first in Europe and sixth in the world to operate a business and one of the easiest nations for property registration. (Sources: IMF & World Bank)
World Class Expertise: The UK’s business-friendly labour regulations, combined with the skill, commitment and flexibility of the country’s workforce, are recognised as proven commercial assets by the thousands of international companies that have already invested in the UK. According to the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), the UK has the top six universities in Europe and two of the top three globally. Our residents also enjoy a high standard of living, education and recreation. Personal taxes are low, publicly-funded health is free to all and there is a rich cultural heritage and abundance of leisure facilities.
Internationally Connected: The UK also provides a world-class transport network, offering rapid links to mainland Europe and the rest of the world. Heathrow is Europe's largest air hub, with ongoing expansions improving its efficiency. London boasts one of the world's largest overground and underground rail networks. For more information on choosing the UK as a place to do business, visit: